The University of Hawaiʻi Journalism Program's long-standing emphasis on ethics and responsibility in journalism was strengthened by a gift of $100,000 from actress Carol Burnett.
Income from the $100,000 endowment, which was received in summer 1981, has been used “to support teaching and research designed to further high standards of ethics and professionalism in journalism, and for awards to outstanding students who have demonstrated a strong sense of journalistic responsibility and integrity.”
Photo courtesy Carol Burnett
In the belief that journalism students throughout the country should be encouraged to think and write about ethical problems, the UH Journalism Department in 1984-85 joined the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications in establishing a national competition for the best articles or research papers on ethical issues in journalism or public relations. The annual Carol Burnett/University of Hawaii/AEJMC Prizes are given at the annual AEJMC convention for the best student research paper selected for presentation by the Media Ethics Division.
First and Second Place prizes are awarded to students writing about ethical issues.
Entries are to be research papers or articles intended for professional publications, and are to be focused on ethical issues in journalism and mass communication (including advertising, broadcast/cable news and public relations, but not to include entertainment programming).
The annual Carol Burnett/University of Hawaii/AEJMC Prizes — one for the best paper by a graduate student and another for the best paper by an undergraduate — are presented at the annual AEJMC convention. The winning entries are also published in full or abstract in the Journal of Mass Media Ethics, whose editorial board serves as competition judges. The competition, open to all university-level journalism students, is administered by the UH Journalism Department, which is now the Journalism Program in the School of Communications.
See the AEJMC web site for the annual Call for Papers and deadlines for submission.
NATIONAL AWARD WINNERS:
First Place: Joseph Jones, University of Missouri
Why should we care about care? The potential for feminist moral, environmental, and political philosophy in journalism ethics
Second Place: FENG Yayu, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Inside the Ivory Tower: How do Student Reporters Reason about Ethics (pictured at right).
First place: FENG Yayu, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Spotlight: Virtuous Journalism in Practice (pictured with Tom Ryan, Media Ethics Division president, AEJMC.)
Runner up: YANG Shiyi: An Emotional Approach to Risk Communication
Marquette University (pictured at right)
First place: Christina Childs DeWalt, University of Oklahoma
“Framing Ferguson: Duty-Based Ethical Discourse in the Editorial Pages of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch”
Runner up: Matt Bird-Meyer
"Information policy as a force at the gate: A case of online-only journalists and how organizational policies affect their news work"
Christina Childs DeWalt, University of Oklahoma
“Moderating Marius: Ethical Language and Representation of Animal Advocacy in Mass Media Coverage of the Copenhagen Zoo Saga”
Runner-up: FENG Yayu
University of Hawai'i at Mānoa winners
2019; Chavonnie Ramos (right)
2018 Nicole Tam (Left)
2017 Kimberlee Speakman, Wesley Babcok
2016 Brad Dell
2015 Noelle Fujii
2014 Jessica Homrich
2013 Mark Arakaki, Davin Aoyagi, Alex Bitter, Paige Takeya,
Jones and Feng